Our final video: (Woop woop!)
Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is my final post! I am very surprised how quickly the process of this blog has come along…
But first, our final draft! I am beyond proud of what we have achieved! Is it amazing compared to the workings of David Fincher or Alfred Hitchcock? No! But that was never our goal, I am just glad we have made a piece using tech I’d never dream of using!
Camera: Overall, our use of camera kicked started this sequence. The fact we used a camera of much better quality for the main task, compared to the continuity, shows how we have developed in knowledge over the course. Section A of the exam has made me see the use of camera in everything I watch! So coming up with use of camera in our sequence was easy.
Mise en scene: Overall, thinking of an idea (my job) was he easy part! Creating whatever brain explosion I have has always been an issue. Some how everything I saw in my head has become an amazing piece, that aesthetically, to me shows everything I have seen in a crime thriller.I love our superimposition used throughout the piece. Since watching the “Se7en” opening titles sequence I have been hooked on the premise and we achieved it!
Sound: Overall, our choice of music was a really good one as I feel it really fits our genre and it carries a good beat like the music in the “Se7en” titles. I love the sirens and bird scores (no matter how many times they were played!) I also like our voice over, we did change actor a few times but it all worked out for the best.
Editing: Overall, editing was our biggest and longest challenge. I love the flashes used for our editing! I feel it brought the most in relation to the crime thriller genre. I also like how our scenes have been equal cut and shared throughout the sequence.
I feel this blog and this media course has really changed my views on the modern workings of the world. Creating this video was a challenge but its one I am glad we took. In the end; Gabby, Lewis, Simran and myself have created something using all of our strengths and even our weaknesses. To be honest, I really do think it went well! Yes, it was difficult at times but we got up, dusted ourselves off and tried again!
Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about teamwork.
Creating our continuity task and our main task has been a struggle. We have had our ups and downs but in the end we have come together to create a decent piece.
I’ve known Simran since year 3 and we have been close friends since then. We have been together for group work in the past but nothing as intense as this main task. Working with her has been great because she is the first person I turn to when I have a problem so having her here through the process really helped.
I’ve known Gabby since reception and we have been to the same schools since then. As we’ve known each other longest understanding what we mean is easy, her being boss is better also because even though I’m a small bit older, she makes better choices and is more mature.
I’ve seen Lewis around since year 7 and I’ve only really talked to him this year because of this course. He started as an under confident editor, but with all his new skills he really has grown since the start of the course. Even though Gabby, Simran and I had known each other longer, Lewis and Gabby are family friends so his past with Gabby helped our bond.
Overall, our group has produced what we can and tried our best. At the end of the day isn’t that what teamwork is all about?
Our second draft video:
My first thought about this edit is how we still have the off continuity at the start between the two different siren scores. This needs to be edited out so the mood is set with smooth sound bridges. I like how the track of the bodies has been sped up.This allows the viewer to see the body but at a better pace to create a tense mood. It also makes it fast pace and creates distortion. We added flashes as transitions, they represent camera flashes in an evidential photograph at a crime scene. We followed convention by adding in pictures connected by string. This has been seen in many thriller films and can show the personally or insanity of a murderer.
We asked 4 questions on google classroom:
What did you like about the title sequence?
The main complement was about out editing style. I agree it is unique and it does fit with the crime thriller genre quite well. Some also said they would want to see the complete film and that we had a unique style. Music was another of the best comments we received. Around 85% of our audience commented it that it fit our genre, the idea and it was a good choice of royalty free music. Around 20% commented on our use of make up , titles and narrative idea.
What would you highlight as our main improvement?
This feedback gave us a much wider range of things we could improve. These were; add a colour grade, mess up the newspapers, add a voice over, add a variation of shots and shorten some shots. I like the idea of adding a colour grade because it will make the over all lighting darker, which is good as our lighting was very white. It would also add a sinister tone if we were to use a red colour grade. For us to change the newspapers we would have to reshoot that scene, we did not do because we felt it wasn’t necessary. We were planning to include a voice over at this stage as we feel it would help with understanding the narrative.
Please comment on the mise en scene (good/bad)
The feedback for our use of mise en scene was very positive. 50% of the comments said it was a good choice of location and that time and effort was put in to find it. I feel our choice of location was really good as it inspired at title and allowed us to taking common codes and conventions from crime thrillers. 30% of our audience though it was an effective title sequence and that the music, make up and props contributed to it. One improvement for our mise en scene was to add more blood. The victims were strangled, not injured that could inflict blood. This is a lack of narrative is cause of our missing voice over.
What genre does it belong to?
Our thriller is in the hybrid of crime and mystery thrillers.95% of the audience felt it was a crime thriller. I agree with them as I do feel it gives a crime thriller feel. Few thought it was a mystery thriller, which it could be as in the voice over it will state the girls are missing. Comments also said horror or sci-fi thriller. This must be because of the dead element and perhaps the music and the mark contribute to the sci fi idea.
Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about the order of titles in a film.
Titles are used to credit those who produced, directed and distributed the film. They also credit actors/actresses, musicians and costume.
This is a typical credit order for a opening title sequence:
- Studio distributing the film
- Production company (Sometimes ‘in association with’ the investor)
- Producer’s name (A Erin Horsfield production)
- Director’s name (Film by Erin Horsfield)
- Starring (Can be paired with cast)
- Film title
- Cast members (Has been moved to end credits)
- Casting (Casting by Erin Horsfield)
- Music or composer
- Production designer
- Make up, visual XF, costume
Here is an example of the opening credits in order of their importance to the film.
(The production logo always goes first and last on a films title credits!)
- PRODUCTION COMPANY presents (distributor)
- A PRODUCTION COMPANY production (producer)
- A FILMMAKER film
- Film Title
- Lead Cast
- Supporting Cast
- Casting Director
- Music Composer
- Costume Designer
- Associate Producers
- Production Designer
- Director of Photography
- Executive Producer
Here is an example of the closing credits, they have no set rules other than if you have no opening credits you need to have closing credits in this general order:
Director of Photography
(If the above have been credited in opening titles then only use the ones below for closing)
Unit Production Manager
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director
Full Cast / Character List
Production Departments (Grip, Electric, Camera, Sound, Wardrobe, etc)
Post-Production Departments (Assistant Editors, Visual Effects, Colorist, etc)
Camera, Lenses and Equipment Makers
Location of Final Sound Mix (“Recorded at…”)
For our second draft we followed in the order that we could as we had no where near as many roles to credit.
Our first draft video:
What I like about this draft, firstly is the non diegetic siren, as it established the genre as a thriller and shows there has been a crime committed due to the police sirens. additionally the use of a black screen leaves the audience wondering what events have occurred. Secondly, I like how the eery music is added when the second siren sounds, this is because the music choice reinforces the genre of a thriller, it rises the tension especially when the character Zara Winters is claimed/ seen dead. Another detail that I liked in our first draft is, the still image of Zara transitions into a pan of her body utilizing a fade effect, this eases the audience into the sequence as the scene doesn’t have a quick opening. I also like how the shots switch from still image to video, and vice-versa during these shots fast cuts are used as transitioning to add pace as the sequence continues. The white flash fade from the video to the credits symbolises camera flashes, similar to a policeman take postmortem pictures at a crime scene. Additionally I like the typography chosen for the credits because the font is commonly seen in crime thrillers. The last shot takes the audience from the shot of the forest to the shot where we (the audience) see the symbol on Zara’s wrist using a pan, I like this because it ends the draft on a cliff hanger for the audience. The editing of the white flashes and superimposition add a dazing effect at the end of the draft, leaves the viewer confused and wanting more.
What I don’t like about this draft, firstly the change of different siren noises is a bad sound bridge as it cuts and creates an awkward stop. Secondly, half way through the pan, it cuts and the siren suddenly stops. This must be edited because it really ruins the tension and the mood. The third problem, is clearly the long black screen, this will be our first fix as it is just making room for future shots. The end cut is my last issue with this draft. The pan down brings us to the wrist but it has an odd cut when it does so, this needs to be edited so it ran smoothly.
Feedback after watching our draft:
These responses will help us to edit our further drafts. We will take into consideration what the audience has said and adjust the footage accordingly.
Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about our main task.
For our main task we will make a 2 minute opening title sequence based on a thriller sub genre of our choice.
Our first ideas:
We wanted to go with a psychological crime thriller because we find it most interesting, but most importantly it’s what the audience like to see.
A short story board for our best idea:
Our best idea is about 3 girls who go missing one by one. All 3 deaths are linked through a strange mark found on the bodies.
A long story board for our best idea:
Cast and crew:
The group roles have remained the same as our continuity task, however our actors have changed. This is our cast and crew:
Location and times:
We will be filming between 23rd – 30th January.
Our main location is Black Park as this will create the correct setting and atmosphere for our title sequence. We will also be filming in a shed to reveal some of the villain’s planning behind killing the girls.
- High angle shots – We will use these on the victims as they made them look small and weak. Also if we slightly move the camera when we are at this angle, it will look like someone is watching over the dead bodies.
- Low angle shots – We will use these on the woodland to make it seem powerful and dangerous. Also if we slightly shake the camera during this shot, it will look like some one is breathing heavily and running from the woods.
- Panning – We will use this to take shots of the woods with the victims, from a far. This will appear to be the view of a new comer to the woods who has looked around and found a dead body.
- Tracking – We will use this to show the mark on the girls wrist at the end of sequence. This will allow the viewer a few seconds of the mentioned mark earlier I the sequence.
- Tilts – We will use these on the images of the newspapers. When newspapers are featured in films, they are often tilted to look as if they have been thrown in front of someone to look at.
The main props we will be using are newspaper articles and photographs of the girls who will play the role of the dead bodies. This will show the planning of the villain and the articles will create emphasis on the deaths and how they are linked.
We will be using siren sound and bird cherps as a non diegetic at the end and start of our sequence. I’ve tried and tried and I can’ find a way to get the into this blog post!